LibriVox recording of The Mad Planet, by Murray Leinster.
Read by Roger Melin.
It is 30,000 years following dramatically changed climate conditions on earth which had let massive amounts of carbon dioxide belch from the interior of the planet into the atmosphere. Over the millenia this would have quite devastating effects on life as it had once been known. Much of the human and animal population would not survive the climate change, and indeed those few humans who did survive knew nothing of all which their predecessors had learned and built. Indeed, they knew not even of their existence. On the other hand insects and fungi would flourish over time.
And so those few remaining humans were unknowingly at the very beginning of the building of a tribal society, which at the time of the story of Burl simply meant food and survival. And so it was Burl who chose to travel beyond his small tribal community in an effort to hunt for something new and different to hopefully impress Saya, the young female of his tribe to whom he felt a peculiar attraction. The Mad Planet is Burl's adventure. (Introduction by Roger Melin)
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It's a great book but has nothing to do with global warming. The person making that claim should be ashamed.
April 20, 2011 Subject:
I am not sure if I liked this story or not. Burl is a typical man who wants to impress his lady, only in this savage world of the future, he doesn't have much to do that, yet. His desire to impress her leads him on the quest of his life, and takes the poor dying civilization back into the right direction.
Depressing and interesting at the same time, Mad Planet was part of a trilogy created by M Leinster. I am going to look up the other two parts, this story does feel a bit like it is missing parts of the story line.
The reader was excellent, he always does a great job. Thanks!